Algarve Smooth Jazz Festival 2018: Rocco Ventrella

Thursday night, the festival continued with saxophonist Rocco Ventrella from Bari, Italy. This player has been part of the festival for many years participating in the jams and guesting at other's shows, eventually was able to do his own show this year. He was supported by Lutz Deterra on keys, Christoph Lindner on guitar, Andrew Tolman on bass, and Marcus Finne on drums. The band was cooking, and they went right onto it with a few songs from his brand new release Keep In Touch. Among the songs played were "See You Smile" and "Let's Funk", where trumpet player Matthias Beckmann guested, before his lovely wife Ilaria De Robertis joined the stage to sing "Quando, Quando", the show continued with some more great songs like a heartfelt slow track he wrote when his daughter Margarita was born three years ago which went down very well with the crowd. Ilaria De Robertis came back once more do sing "Yah Mo B There", a great cover version of the Quincy Jones classic. They wrapped up the show with the seminal Grover track "Winelight", leaving a satisfied crowd. Rocco Ventrella has definitely joined the upper ranks of the smooth jazz world!

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